Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun: Ever wonder what coaches say to each other in the postgame handshake? Maryland's Ralph Friedgen shared his conversation last Saturday with Clemson's Tommy Bowden. It had to deal with Tiger fans booing.
Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette: About the business of recruiting rankings. Iowa recruited seven U.S. Army All-American bowl selections in its class of 2005, but only two of the players managed to become starters.
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News: Why was one of USC's Song Girls airbrushed out of the team picture? Here's the reason.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: Erin Andrews alert: The ESPN sideline reporter is coming home to Tampa for ESPN's coverage of Thursday night's Pittsburgh-South Florida game. "I've got to figure where to take the crew out to dinner," she said.
Mike Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith isn't guaranteeing a victory over Oklahoma, but says, "This win that we're going to get over OU will get us on the right track."
Brandon Scheller, Seattle Times: How bad is Washington State? Coach Paul Wulff is having to defend talk that his team was "flat" in a 63-14 loss to Oregon. And the Cougars held a campus tryout for a quarterback. "We have to find somebody for the scout team," he said.
Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: Economic downturn? What downturn? Universities might be cutting their budgets, but athletic department budgets continue to skyrocket.
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Brigham Young's Bronco Mendenhall is not holding out hope that his team will play in the BCS title game. "I am not sure the perception of our program and our league is strong enough yet, even if we go undefeated that we might be considered that way," he said.
Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel: It there's one thing Central Florida has lacked under George O'Leary, it's consistency. The Golden Knights' stunning 58-13 loss at Texas El Paso was another case of O'Leary's team getting seal-clubbed. In the last three seasons, Central Florida has yielded 50 points five times. In the previous 10 years before O'Leary arrived, the Knights gave up 50 points only twice.
Robbi Pickeral, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina's players have been told to tighten their chin straps after at least four helmets went flying during the Tar Heels' victory at Miami this past Saturday, a number that "was unusual, and was alarming,'' equipment manager Dominic Morelli said.
Eric Prisbell, Washington Post: Maryland linebacker Adrian Moten will be out at least a month after undergoing surgery on a wrist.
Dan Zeiger, East Valley Tribune: Arizona State starting middle linebacker Gerald Munns will miss the rest of the season because of a family issue.
Awful Announcing: The college football announcing schedule for Week 6.
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